Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Game 15 Thread: April 22 @ Astros, 5p

Randy Wolf (1-1, 3.93) vs. Roy Oswalt (0-1, 4.26).

COMMENTS: What do you get when you don't take your opposing starter (and his 6.23 ERA) seriously? Or when he starts out the game by giving up two walks and a run-scoring single, takes 33 pitches to finish the inning, and stakes you to a three-run lead? Or when you bat the red-hot, MLB-leading hit streaker Matt Kemp SEVENTH in the lineup, so he's left in the on-deck circle at game's end, having watched James Loney and Russell Martin each strike out with the bases loaded?

You get a big, embarrassing loss.

We'll see if Wolf, who had one bad first inning in an otherwise decent outing last Friday, can overcome Oswalt, who looked spotty himself when we saw him pitch in the World Baseball Classic semifinals. With luck, Torre has figured out the error of his ways and elevated Kemp (who tripled with one out in the fourth, with the Dodgers down 4-3, but was left stranded on third) back in the lineup. The Astros may not be the pushover that our NL West opponents have been, but the short porch in left should provide some easy pickings for our potent bats, right (in other words, Manny shouldn't have been the only one to go yard yesterday)? Let's get cracking!

142 comments:

Steve Sax said...

San Diego @ SF, scoreless through five, Zito is on the ropes with men at the corners and two out. Kevin Kouzmanoff is at the plate.

Steve Sax said...

Zito escapes the jam. 0-0, on to the bottom of the sixth.

SD has six hits and no runs. Chris Young of the Padres has given up one hit through five frames.

Steve Sax said...

SD 0, SF 0 through six

Booger said...

same at top of the 8th now.

Steve Sax said...

booger! Where have you been, dude?

Steve Sax said...

0-0. and Brian Wilson gets Brian Giles to strand the runner at second. On to the bottom of the 10th...

Steve Sax said...

Jody Gerut was stranded on second with one out...

Steve Sax said...

Bottom of the tenth in a tie ballgame, man on first with one out for the Giants.

This is tough, rooting for the Giants. Maybe I can root for this to be a forty-inning game instead.

Steve Sax said...

Torres steals second. Still one out, and Eugenio Velez and his .111 average are up.

Dr. Geek said...

Dodgers have to win the next two.

I realize the Dodgers will lose many more games throughout the season, but if they can best a team 2 out of three or, in the case of a four game series, break even, then a first-place finish should be solid.

Neeebs said...

Gotta love the Booger.

Neeebs said...

I want Mr. Customer to tell us that the Dodgers will win tonight. Because, you know, the Customer is always right. Right?

Steve Sax said...

Bengie Molina gets it done with two out in the tenth. SF 1, SD 0. That gives us a half-game more breathing room tonight...

Steve Sax said...

I wonder if Dr. Geek and Mr. Customer are the same person.

Somewhere, Robert Louis Stevenson weeps.

Steve Sax said...

Snakes beat the Rockies 2-0

Alireza said...

That game between the Friars and Gints begs the following question: has Barry Zito finally figured it out?

Anyway, some match up info:

vs. Oswalt

Furcal - .364 .385 .545 .930 (1 BB, 2 K, 1 3B) - Nice

Hudson - .154 .154 .154 .308 (3 K, 0 BB, 0 XBH) - Ugly

Manny - No Record - Interesting

Ethier - .200 .333 .400 .733 (0 K, 1 BB, 1 2B) - Small Sample, but mediocre

Loney - .333 .286 .333 .619 (0 K, 0 BB, 0 XBH, 1 GIDP, 1 SF) - Weird line

Russell - .000 .143 .000 .143 (1 K, 0 BB, 1 HBP) - Very ugly

Kemp - .000 .000 .000 .000 (0 K) - only 1 PA

Blake - No Record

We basically need 8 Furcals tonight.

Orel said...

Rafael Furcal, SS
Orlando Furcal, 2B
Manny Furcal, LF
Andre Furcal, RF
James Furcal, 1B
Russell Furcal, C
Matt Furcal, CF
Casey Furcal, 3B
Randy Wolf, P

Alireza said...

LOL @ Orel

Andrew said...

Man, I thought Rafael Wolf was pitching tonight.

Andrew said...

And Matty Kemp in the seven hole...again? Is there logic behind this? Someone needs to tell Joe the word is out on Kemp, lets not cheat him of PA's like he was last night.

Alireza said...

I'm telling you. All Furcals is what we need.

MattyA said...

Damn, Hudson is hotter than hot.

Alireza said...

Well, looks like we only have 2 Furcals today.

MattyA said...

I hate to keep hammering it home, but if Kemp's hitting in the 5 spot he's up there instead of Loney.

Alireza said...

Wolf has his issues, but the guy can punch out a ton of guys without much velocity.

Alireza said...

Well, Tejada appears to be off to his usual fast start.

MattyA said...

Come on! Don't give up that weak stuff!

Alireza said...

Seriously. Wolf is nasty when he is on.

MattyA said...

Seems like Wolf is on tonight (knock on wood).

Alireza said...

Perhaps Randy Furcal?

Alireza said...

Ok. Russ took a swing on the second pitch. I like that.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Fire Joe Torre!

Alireza said...

Was that a typical Furcal easy play error?

MattyA said...

I don't know - I've got radio coverage only.

Alireza said...

Keppinger is raking so far this year. Hopefully Randy can do something with him.

Fred's Brim said...

Clemens on the Astros broadcast looking fat!

Fred's Brim said...

and hi everybody! i hope we can do some damage to Oswalt tonight

Steve Sax said...

Hey guys, I'm back, and it looks like I've just missed the Dodgers squandering runs in the first inning. We need O-Dog to reach and Manny to pop.

Steve Sax said...

Well, at least Manny bats leadoff next inning.

Alireza said...

Is Roy-O under orders to not swing?

MattyA said...

Nice quick inning, Randy!

Alex Cora said...

Hey all. Still 0-0? Come bats, lets get hot!

Alex Cora said...

Dude this aflac question is too tough.

Alireza said...

I like the pitch conservation Wolf. Now, lets see Manny send a message.

Alireza said...

Oswalt reached back for that one.

MattyA said...

All right, Andre!

Fred's Brim said...

i hate this stadium - every pop fly feels like a home run

Steve Sax said...

Well, at least Kemp bats leadoff next inning.

Alireza said...

Well Randy, ya grooved that one.

Alireza said...

If Michaels didn't suck, that double would have been a home run. Wolf straight up hung that.

Fred's Brim said...

Randy ain't foolin anybody right now

Orel said...

How many have we LOB so far?

Alireza said...

Well, he just made quick work of Pudge. Hopefully he just made 2 mistakes.

Fred's Brim said...

Michaels misses his drinkin buddy Pat Burrell

Steve Sax said...

Randy's doing what is expected of him: 4Ks, 2ER through four innings.

We need to score some runs here.

Alireza said...

That was too nasty.

Fred's Brim said...

cripes

Alex Cora said...

Dude this is bad. How can this team not produce with runners on and 2 outs?

Alireza said...

Yeesh. The LOB rate is killing me.

Steve Sax said...

we clearly have used up all of our runs on the homestand. we can't buy a run here.

Steve Sax said...

Well, at least we have Manny batting leadoff next inning.

Alireza said...

I wouldn't say that Sax. We scored 5 yesterday.

Alex Cora said...

YES DP!!!

Alireza said...

4-6-3 and its Manny time

Alex Cora said...

MANNYY!!! HITS IT OUT OF THE PARK!!

Alex Cora said...

OUt of the entire stadium!

Alireza said...

Oswalt is really reaching back when he pitches to Manny.

...and that's what he gets for it.

Steve Sax said...

see, it's all about Manny. 2-1 'Stros.

Steve Sax said...

Andre's going to hit a homer of his own...

MattyA said...

Nice call, Sax

Alex Cora said...

Ethier ties it up!!!! Anything you can do...

Alireza said...

Back to Back jacks. And Ethier goes the other way.

Alireza said...

Roy-O is actually throwing harder and getting hit harder.

Alex Cora said...

Come on Jmes, make it Three!

Alex Cora said...

Oops, ok, well, maybe not. Groundout.

Alireza said...

I'm waiting for video of Manny's shot on Gameday.

Steve Sax said...

Dudes, I SO CALLED the Ethier Home Run.

Steve Sax said...

thanks for the props, MattyA

Steve Sax said...

I'm heading out to the Hustler Casino as we speak

Steve Sax said...

Okay gents, see you on the other side

Alireza said...

Gameday posted it. Manny looked like a helicopter with that swing. Oswalt could only look back and admire.

Alex Cora said...

CASEY!!!! 4-2 Blue crew!

MattyA said...

Blake too! What an inning!

Alireza said...

According to Gameday, Kemp was f'ed on that inside called strike 3.

Anyone else notice that Manny started swinging at that pitch them moment it left Oswalt's hand? He read that thing like a book.

Alireza said...

Anyone else know the last time Oswalt let up 3 homers in a game, let alone a single inning?

Loney Fan said...

Aaaaaaannnnddd heeeerrrreee come the Dodgers!

Alireza said...

You can tell Roy was pissed. He snapped off 2 hooks on Wolf to strike him out

MattyA said...

Steiner just said Valverde's not available tonight because of a strained calf from last night

Alex Cora said...

That was a stirke to Berkman - what did Gameday say?

Fred's Brim said...

throw strikes!

Alireza said...

Gameday suggests that the last pitch to Berkman was on the black.

Fred's Brim said...

91! didnt think he could get it up that high

Fred's Brim said...

Randy's curve isnt curving much tonight

Alireza said...

Well, at least the Bison got to show off his arm. Too bad Randy couldn't hold the lead, because his count is way low.

Alireza said...

Randy's curve isn't the problem, it is the slider/change.

Fred's Brim said...

Oswalt hadn't given up 3 homers in an inning until tonight

Alireza said...

If Wolf gets a DP here, he should be good for the 8th.

Fred's Brim said...

good call, Ali!

Alireza said...

Wow. The predictive powers of SOSG tonight.

Shall I predict Russell's first dinger of the year?

Fred's Brim said...

yes please!

Fred's Brim said...

the second inning of relief for Sampson - will it spell trouble?

Alireza said...

In play, no out

Alireza said...

In play, run(s)!

Loney Fan said...

About time Loney!!

Alireza said...

Gameday says the ump is calling a lot of inside strikes to RHB.

Penos Cabell said...

I hope that gets Loney going.

Alireza said...

Damn, I hate when my predictions go wrong.

Damon said...

there ya go free james

Penos Cabell said...

That AB looked like Matt Kemp of old

Alireza said...

Caballo wasn't having much luck picking up that ball. Loney could have gone for 3.

Penos Cabell said...

Alireza- youre right, Loney could have had a triple.

Penos Cabell said...

Martin and Kemp wouldn't have gotten him in those weak hits

Alireza said...

Wow. Bellysario is setting up now?

Penos Cabell said...

Excuse me while I go throw up

Alireza said...

Yeah. Torre is stupid. He could have kept Wolf in and made sure Berkman batted from his weaker side, but no.

Fred's Brim said...

fudge

Alireza said...

Oh goodness Ronald. Next time you do that, we send you to the Outback Walter Silva was working at.

Nic j said...

this game is pretty aggrivating.

Alireza said...

I am shaking my head and my fist at this.

Penos Cabell said...

Damn you Belsario

Alireza said...

So question. Who will be the closer and who will be pinch hitting?

Nic j said...

Mmm.... I would hope a comeback is in order, but we really don't deserve this game.

Penos Cabell said...

Those Valverde hilights are hilarious

Alireza said...

WHY SLAPPY?

Orel said...

This game has had a little of everything.

Penos Cabell said...

That was wonderful Juan!

Alireza said...

Wow. Of all the ways to lead off an inning. A Juan Pierre pop up is not pretty. At least DeWitt is a HR threat.

Dusto Magnifico said...

Thank god we have Juan Pierre.

Penos Cabell said...

How many baserunners have the Dodgers left on today?

Alireza said...

Not quite sure Penos. Gameday says 16, but that includes duplication.

Penos Cabell said...

Thanks Alireza.

karina said...

Epale everyone!

just coming back home, finding out we're winning!

karina said...

MY mistake :(

Penos Cabell said...

I wish you were right

Alireza said...

I am thoroughly disgusted, particularly with the way Torre managed.

Penos Cabell said...

That was depressing

Loney Fan said...

I'm going to cry into my beer now. Goodnight everyone.

koufax said...

where is hong-chi kuo in the eighth inning he hasnt pitched for a week?

Orel said...

Post-Game Thread is up.

Booger said...

Hey Sax,

i've been monitoring from a distance.

Orel said...

Hmmm, arm problems for Kuo? Just speculation on my part.

karina said...

I don't think it's wise to have Belisario as set-up. He needs to acclimate to the big leagues.